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George Patton * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. The name Patton has almost become synonymous with “General”, the two words have become nearly interchangeable in American history. When the name “General Patton” comes to mind we are automatically inundated with them George Patton * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. The name Patton has almost become synonymous with “General”, the two words have become nearly interchangeable in American history. When the name “General Patton” comes to mind we are automatically inundated with themes of strength, and tough resolution. Patton was a man who seemed to embody the old American ethos’ of the rugged individual who shattered all expectations, decimated the status quo, and pulled himself up by his bootstraps, succeeding when all odds were against just because he was audacious enough to try. In his exploits Patton seems to loom larger than them all. Inside you will read about… ✓ A Patent for Patton ✓ In Between War ✓ This Means War ✓ Operation Husky ✓ Invasion of Normandy ✓ The Battle of the Bulge ✓ Man of Controversy ✓ The Last Days of Patton And much more! But Patton was not some comic book superhero he was a real person, and just as flawed as the rest of us. He had his hopes and fears, he made his mistakes, and he lived his life. In order to order to understand Patton, you can’t focus on just one side of this larger than life personality; you have to take in the whole picture. This book allows you to do just that.


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George Patton * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. The name Patton has almost become synonymous with “General”, the two words have become nearly interchangeable in American history. When the name “General Patton” comes to mind we are automatically inundated with them George Patton * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. The name Patton has almost become synonymous with “General”, the two words have become nearly interchangeable in American history. When the name “General Patton” comes to mind we are automatically inundated with themes of strength, and tough resolution. Patton was a man who seemed to embody the old American ethos’ of the rugged individual who shattered all expectations, decimated the status quo, and pulled himself up by his bootstraps, succeeding when all odds were against just because he was audacious enough to try. In his exploits Patton seems to loom larger than them all. Inside you will read about… ✓ A Patent for Patton ✓ In Between War ✓ This Means War ✓ Operation Husky ✓ Invasion of Normandy ✓ The Battle of the Bulge ✓ Man of Controversy ✓ The Last Days of Patton And much more! But Patton was not some comic book superhero he was a real person, and just as flawed as the rest of us. He had his hopes and fears, he made his mistakes, and he lived his life. In order to order to understand Patton, you can’t focus on just one side of this larger than life personality; you have to take in the whole picture. This book allows you to do just that.

30 review for George Patton: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    Without a doubt, the most famous and controversial U.S. general of the European theater of operations during the Second World War is General George S. Patton. Born in 1885, twenty years after the most destructively and costly war in American history, and during the apex of the era commonly referred to as the Wild West, Patton was destined to be a soldier. He served as the first tank commander during World War I, he immediately saw the benefits of tanks and mobile armored artillery on the battlef Without a doubt, the most famous and controversial U.S. general of the European theater of operations during the Second World War is General George S. Patton. Born in 1885, twenty years after the most destructively and costly war in American history, and during the apex of the era commonly referred to as the Wild West, Patton was destined to be a soldier. He served as the first tank commander during World War I, he immediately saw the benefits of tanks and mobile armored artillery on the battlefield. Unfortunately for him, shortly after the war, the army’s tank divisions were phased out, due to congressional financial cutbacks. During the World Wars, Patton did many things to keep busy. He participated in the 1908 Summer Olympics in London and chased Poncho Villa into Mexico. It would seem that everything he did was in preparation for the culmination of his dreams of daring on the battlefield. As good as Patton was in leading tanks into battle, his lack of diplomacy and restraint in loudly voicing his personal opinion, eventually became his undoing. George Patton lived for war. The chaos, smoke, blood, and destruction on the field of battle, exhilarated him and made him whole. This short biography of a highly loved, admired, and controversial figure, gives the reader a fleeting insight into the life of possibly America’s greatest soldier. This is a summary of a life that will earn the respect of his fellow generals and all the soldiers under his command. It left me thirsting for more. I recommend it to everyone interested in history.

  2. 4 out of 5

    John

    A very short book. It provided enough detail to wndthat i knew more than i did and a desire to make me want to find out more.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    Vey interesting. A lot of information in a few pages. I felt that the writer lacked a certain objectivity. The text had a number of misspellings of Patton's name. Vey interesting. A lot of information in a few pages. I felt that the writer lacked a certain objectivity. The text had a number of misspellings of Patton's name.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    While many of the books in the Hourly History series are successful in presenting a condensed version of a person or past event, this book on the life of General George Patton is a mixed effort, at best. On the positive side, many aspects of Patton's formative years as well as his military exploits are documented, and as promised, it is possible to complete this book within an hour. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter were enjoyable, and even though I was familiar with many of them, it wa While many of the books in the Hourly History series are successful in presenting a condensed version of a person or past event, this book on the life of General George Patton is a mixed effort, at best. On the positive side, many aspects of Patton's formative years as well as his military exploits are documented, and as promised, it is possible to complete this book within an hour. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter were enjoyable, and even though I was familiar with many of them, it was good to be reminded of Patton and what he believed. As the book demonstrates, Patton was not a man to be quiet when he encountered anyone who did not agree with his basic ideas. Poor editing in the form of punctuation and sentence structure appear periodically through the book. An example: "This was Patton's rationale for keeping thousands of people under barbed where and armed guard 24 hours a day." One careful read through the book would have taken care of many, if not all, of these issues. Additionally, the author's word choices don't always accurately depict Patton. I would agree he was strongly opinionated, but question the twice-used description "unhinged" (mentally unbalanced) as well as "dastardly" (wicked and cruel). Patton was certainly outspoken and at times viewed by his superiors as a loose cannon, but he had strong personal convictions. For instance, while not condoning his actions when he slapped two soldiers diagnosed with combat fatigue, his actions were not dictated by a decision to be wicked and cruel. History books better serve the readers when authors do not inject their personal opinions; rather, they supply the facts and allow readers to decide for themselves. Overall, a decent read and one that may cause me to reread some of the books I have or purchase new ones...but not one of the better efforts from Hourly History. Three stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    John S Roth

    Excellent Read! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this summary on one of the most celebrated and controversial generals of WWII. I've read much about Patton and this overview is quite thorough! Excellent Read! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this summary on one of the most celebrated and controversial generals of WWII. I've read much about Patton and this overview is quite thorough!

  6. 4 out of 5

    AVINASH MARRAPU

    Wow it is. Hourly History books are the best, short and right on target with the required facts. A great personality to have read about.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anirudh

    George Patton, the American general from the Second World War has always been a curious figure, known for bravery and tact, but at the same time, riddled with controversies. This is a short biography of General Patton by Hourly History. The starting point of the book is the extensive military background of the Patton family who have served both in the army of the United States and also the Confederates. The book then goes on to describe his time at the United States Military Academy in West Poin George Patton, the American general from the Second World War has always been a curious figure, known for bravery and tact, but at the same time, riddled with controversies. This is a short biography of General Patton by Hourly History. The starting point of the book is the extensive military background of the Patton family who have served both in the army of the United States and also the Confederates. The book then goes on to describe his time at the United States Military Academy in West Point followed by his first experience with conflict during the Pancho Villa expedition against Mexico followed by the First World War. Post that, the focus was on the Second World War with him leading the American campaign in the Mediterranean, the scandals he was involved in, and his eventual post war career as the military governor of Bavaria during the interim United States administration of Germany. The book did a good job in bringing out Patton’s very aggressive personality – callous and would do anything to get his job done. It also touched upon most of his wars and also his relationship with the other Generals in the military, including that of Eisenhower.  I also appreciate that they didn’t try to justify all his actions, the controversial ones and stated them as they were and the judgement was left to the individual reader. However, I think the book had contents for less than an hour and the author could have focused on more description on the conflicts he was involved in, similar to what was done in Hourly History’s book on Erwin Rommel (who was incidentally Patton’s opponent in Africa).  That was a serious let down as this is a biography of a military general and the description of his military tactics and actions were inadequate. I would say this is a good read for those who want to know about some of the less known figures of the Second World War and on that count, I would award the book a rating of six on ten.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    It is very interesting to learn that Patton's problem in school was math.  But with the perseverance he was known for, he overcame his difficulty and graduated 46th in his class of 103.  I think Patton was a man of his time.  He was born in 1885, which made him eligible to be in both world wars.   Patton had such a fine reputation with the enemy, that even though he was being punished (and not given the lead position in an assault), the rumor mill touted that Patton would be leading the force, an It is very interesting to learn that Patton's problem in school was math.  But with the perseverance he was known for, he overcame his difficulty and graduated 46th in his class of 103.  I think Patton was a man of his time.  He was born in 1885, which made him eligible to be in both world wars.   Patton had such a fine reputation with the enemy, that even though he was being punished (and not given the lead position in an assault), the rumor mill touted that Patton would be leading the force, and the Axis powers believed it.  They were sure he was the most dangerous of the generals in the Allied Army.  Thus, they placed their defenses where they thought Patton was coming -- and not at the location where they were needed.  When the fight started elsewhere, they still did not move them, expecting Patton to come. Patton was an enigma; he was brilliant but brash.  He got into so much hot water; the only thing that saved him was the fact that he was so good a leader.  I would have liked to have known a bit more about his personal life.  Otherwise, this story flew by because the writing style was so interesting. 

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    To me Patton is one of the most interesting men in World War II and this book does a good job examining his own history, his place in World War II and the controversies that seemed to follow him. One of the most interesting things about him that the book notes is that he believed in reincarnation and he felt that in the past he had been a Roman legionnaire and had served in Napoleon's artillery group. The book goes into his birth, his participation in the 1912 Olympics, his experience in the firs To me Patton is one of the most interesting men in World War II and this book does a good job examining his own history, his place in World War II and the controversies that seemed to follow him. One of the most interesting things about him that the book notes is that he believed in reincarnation and he felt that in the past he had been a Roman legionnaire and had served in Napoleon's artillery group. The book goes into his birth, his participation in the 1912 Olympics, his experience in the first World War and his prediction that Pearl Harbor would be attacked by the Japanese. It notes his work in the North African campaign and his attack on Sicily. It discusses the plans for the Normandy invasion and the 'phantom army' that the British and Americans set up to deceive the Nazis. It also goes into his military work during the war and how his personal behavior led to his being basically suspended from leading for about a year despite the fact that he was one of the most successful generals the Americans had. It's a very interesting examination of his life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Terri Gostola

    Before reading this I knew nothing about Patton other than he was a military general and there was a movie about him. Due to my interest in highly rated movies, I knew that George C. Scott starred in the movie and that it was nominated for Academy Awards but I didn't even see the movie and therefore I found this book very informative. In under 40 pages I got a summary of the bare basics. What I learned was Patton was a man of extremes and quite controversial. I was shocked that he slapped soldie Before reading this I knew nothing about Patton other than he was a military general and there was a movie about him. Due to my interest in highly rated movies, I knew that George C. Scott starred in the movie and that it was nominated for Academy Awards but I didn't even see the movie and therefore I found this book very informative. In under 40 pages I got a summary of the bare basics. What I learned was Patton was a man of extremes and quite controversial. I was shocked that he slapped soldiers who were suffering from PTSD. I was shocked that he was disparaging of the very people he liberated from concentration camps. It is ironic that there are conspiracy theories about his accidental death. In the end I have to say that this was one of the One Hour Biographies that was quite educational for me since I my knowledge of Patton was severely lacking.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark Laufenberg

    A concise overview up someone was born to be a military man. Short and to the point about Patton's life and military accomplishments. The controversies that surrounded him are also included. As far as his nickname of "Old Blood and Guts" he was certainly a brave man to his own degree, but I can understand why some veterans who served under him resented him and had the attitude of, "He supplies the Guts, but we supply the Blood." After surviving on battlefields, the incident that caused his death A concise overview up someone was born to be a military man. Short and to the point about Patton's life and military accomplishments. The controversies that surrounded him are also included. As far as his nickname of "Old Blood and Guts" he was certainly a brave man to his own degree, but I can understand why some veterans who served under him resented him and had the attitude of, "He supplies the Guts, but we supply the Blood." After surviving on battlefields, the incident that caused his death was quite ironic. If you're looking for in depth coverage of his battles and victories or broader coverage of World War II, you'll have to look elsewhere. But if you're only familiar with his name and the fact that he was a famous general and would like to know more about him, I thought that this book was a quick, interesting read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul Cavanaugh

    Solid Just the right amount of info to get a solid understanding of a polarizing man. I could see this being a driver for people to read a full biography on Patton. Definitely some opinionated undertones, but nothing that doesn't seem warranted based on other books I have read on Patton. Solid Just the right amount of info to get a solid understanding of a polarizing man. I could see this being a driver for people to read a full biography on Patton. Definitely some opinionated undertones, but nothing that doesn't seem warranted based on other books I have read on Patton.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bob Wagstaff

    Too partisan to be a good read. References to the soldiers who died as "poor souls" indicates a total lack of objectivity. There are also some quite blatant errors, he was first promoted to General in October 1941 before being further promoted in April 1941. Disappointing. Too partisan to be a good read. References to the soldiers who died as "poor souls" indicates a total lack of objectivity. There are also some quite blatant errors, he was first promoted to General in October 1941 before being further promoted in April 1941. Disappointing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ed Barton

    Decent overview Like most of the Hourly History series, this is a good, quick overview on the life of George Patton. There are a few typos and grammatical errors - and a couple minor inaccuracies, but in general it’s a decent read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    I was disappointed with this one. I could have read Patton's entry on Wikipedia and got as much information. It has all the biographical facts about him, but little else. I guess I should have been wary of a book that cost $3. I am still interested in Patton and will look for other books. I was disappointed with this one. I could have read Patton's entry on Wikipedia and got as much information. It has all the biographical facts about him, but little else. I guess I should have been wary of a book that cost $3. I am still interested in Patton and will look for other books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    BeverlyNespal

    History of a great American General This was a great, concise history of General Patton. I've seen many movies and documentaries of the Generals life. However, I did get to read about some things I didn't know about him. I enjoy all these books about so many subjects. History of a great American General This was a great, concise history of General Patton. I've seen many movies and documentaries of the Generals life. However, I did get to read about some things I didn't know about him. I enjoy all these books about so many subjects.

  17. 4 out of 5

    David Parker

    I guess you can put lipstick on a pig. A figure of both pride and controversy, General George S. Patton is frequently looked at as someone who was both crude and eloquent; heroic and outrageous. How did someone so iconic develop such a duality in common perception?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Barnes

    Wow Patton was Truly an American born and Bread. He is a Legend and always will be. He was a tactical Genius. Every American and European should be required to learn about this Man!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michael A. Simmons, Sr.

    A concise history A concise (very!) of Patton's life. If you are just looking for a thumbnail, look no further. If you are wanting more, there are some great bio's out there. A concise history A concise (very!) of Patton's life. If you are just looking for a thumbnail, look no further. If you are wanting more, there are some great bio's out there.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Lousy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carlton Phelps

    Quick read. Mainly highlights of Patton's life. Gives just enough history to interest you in learning more. Worth a read and see where it leads you. Quick read. Mainly highlights of Patton's life. Gives just enough history to interest you in learning more. Worth a read and see where it leads you.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janette

    On Kindle---this was a let down after reading other books about Patton.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lila

    It is an interesting overview of the life of George S. Patton.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paula Meldrum

    A little too subjective in places, but generally an informative brief.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nola Mcghee

    Enjoyed the book very much. Certainly give you a feel for Patton’s personality -

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carolina Casas

    A great introduction to Patton. Factual and straightforward. While it is short, it doesn't gloss over the events that marked his life and career. A great introduction to Patton. Factual and straightforward. While it is short, it doesn't gloss over the events that marked his life and career.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nickie

    It felt like watching a documentary. I thought it gave a good idea of who that man was, of his strong will and personality.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Randolph A Rossi

    The Great Warrior Patton In a relatively short book, I learned about the man and the myth that was George Patton. A very enjoyable book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diarmuid O'Sullivan

    Great short history An excellent review and summary of Patton's life and work. Well-researched and informative, but a quick and easy read. Perfect accompaniment for any wait. Great short history An excellent review and summary of Patton's life and work. Well-researched and informative, but a quick and easy read. Perfect accompaniment for any wait.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sean Talbot

    He was a military genius however he didn't know how to keep his mouth shut especially when traversing a political timing. I didn't like Patton but he was a great Warrior He was a military genius however he didn't know how to keep his mouth shut especially when traversing a political timing. I didn't like Patton but he was a great Warrior

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